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Fitchburg State University Overview

Fitchburg State University is a public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Fitchburg makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Fitchburg State University Known For?

3,386 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,647 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest degree offered at Fitchburg State.
  • In 2017-2018, 53% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State makes roughly $45,700 a year. This is 12% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Fitchburg State University Rankings

Fitchburg State is ranked #643 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Fitchburg State also holds the #43 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Fitchburg State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Fitchburg State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 145
Best Colleges for the Money 178
Best Colleges for Veterans 204
Best Colleges for International Students 617
Best Colleges 643
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,035

Where Is Fitchburg State University?

Location of Fitchburg State University

Contact details for Fitchburg State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
Phone: 978-345-2151
Website: www.fitchburgstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FitchburgStateUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fitchburg_State

How Do I Get Into Fitchburg State?

You can apply to Fitchburg State online at: www.fitchburgstate.edu/admissions/applying/

Admission Requirements for Fitchburg State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fitchburg State?

80% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Fitchburg State University is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Fitchburg State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 480 to 560 )
200
800
Fitchburg State received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 23. Math scores were between 19 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford Fitchburg State University?

$16,647 Net Price
78% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fitchburg State is $16,647. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fitchburg State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,689 $13,799 $16,860 $20,305 $21,816

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Fitchburg State, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $7,134 a year. That adds up to $28,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fitchburg State is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,386 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,117 undergraduate students at Fitchburg State, with 3,386 being full-time and 731 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fitchburg State

There are also 2,958 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,386 full-time undergraduates at Fitchburg State, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fitchburg State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Fitchburg State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fitchburg State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 90
Black or African American 345
Hispanic or Latino 440
White 2,326
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 172

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Fitchburg State University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at Fitchburg State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Germany.

Online Learning at Fitchburg State University

1,249 Took All Classes Online
5,033 Took At Least One Class Online
53.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Fitchburg State. In 2017-2018, 5,033 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fitchburg State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fitchburg State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Fitchburg State University was 53.7%. This is the #481 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fitchburg State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Fitchburg State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 85%
Business Administration & Management 45%
Business, Management & Marketing 55%
Computer & Information Sciences 11%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Education 15%
Educational Administration 53%
Health Professions 3%
Human Resource Management 75%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Fitchburg State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Fitchburg State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
History #3
History #3
Computer Software & Applications #8
Human Resource Management #11
Curriculum & Instruction #14
Teacher Education Grade Specific #28
Accounting #29
Educational Administration #30
Computer & Information Sciences #38
Nursing #71
Education #82
Business Administration & Management #120
Health Professions #129
Business, Management & Marketing #155

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Fitchburg State University Majors

In 2017-2018, Fitchburg State University awarded 1,630 undergraduate degrees and 1,368 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 33 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 7 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 93 198 0
Chemistry 0 4 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 4 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 27 3 0
Computer Science 0 24 23 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 54 3 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 168 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 47 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 9 0 0
Economics 0 6 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 4 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 3 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 50 0 0
General Biology 0 51 2 0
General English Literature 0 8 2 0
General Psychology 0 40 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 4 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 5 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 6 0 0
History 0 11 4 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 88 0
Human Services 0 31 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 29 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 92 0 0
Mathematics 0 3 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 0
Nursing 0 92 9 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 28 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 14 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 1 0 0
Sociology 0 8 0 0
Special Education 0 6 106 0
Student Counseling 0 0 7 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 25 20 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 21 7 0
Writing Studies 0 12 0 0
Total 0 1,630 1,368 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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